Transmission Line Routing Study - Nashville

Transmission Line Routing Study - Nashville

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Client: Nashville Electric Service

Burns & McDonnell worked with Nashville Electric Service (NES) on three related electrical transmission line projects. Project goals were to identify routes with the least environmental, economic and social impact on residential areas while continuing to meet the growing demand for electrical services.

Burns & McDonnell's Environmental Services & Permitting and Information Management groups combined efforts to help identify potential routes. A geographic information system (GIS) database was built with high-resolution aerial photography, roadways, parcels, buildings and land use. This was heavily utilized in identifying each potential route. GIS analysis allowed each segment to be evaluated based on length, land use and the number of residential buildings impacted. Several costly proposed routes were eliminated as a result of the analysis. Public involvement was also of key importance. Easily interpretable maps were produced for public meetings and data analysis results were discussed with a citizen advisory committee.

Burns & McDonnell saved NES time and money by identifying the most feasible routes for the three new transmission lines. Our experts explained plans and alternatives to the public in an understandable manner. NES is updating its geospatial database with data generated from these studies.

  • GIS geospatial database development
  • Data analysis
  • Public awareness campaign
  • Map production

Primary technologies used:

  • Arc/Info
  • ArcView